2010 44¢ Mother Teresa
Issue Date: September 5, 2010
City: Washington, DC
Hers was a life dedicated to sacrifice and service, to the healing and comfort of those who were sick, needy, and dying – the “poorest of the poor.” For nearly 50 years, the tiny Catholic nun from Albania lived among the most desperate inhabitants of Calcutta. Her work was an inspiration to millions and earned her worldwide admiration. But such a life was not free of cost, and the famous smile masked her great inner turmoil.
“Tell me, Father, why is there so much pain and darkness in my soul?” wrote Mother Teresa in 1959, just over a decade after she began her ministry in India. Small of stature yet large in spirit, the smiling woman had convinced her superiors to let her live in India’s poorest neighborhoods. It was that supreme dedication which enabled Mother Teresa to serve with love and compassion for decades, even as she struggled with a crisis of faith.
Thousands of volunteers joined Mother Teresa. Countless people felt her comfort. Honors from around the world were bestowed upon her, including honorary U.S. citizenship, the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, and in 2003 the first steps to sainthood. Even after her death in 1997, the legacy of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta continues in the hundreds of Missionaries of Charity created in her name.